a river in the state of Iowa
Rincon Class Gasoline Tanker: Laid down, 19 February 1945, as MV Tarcoola,
a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-BT2) tanker hull, at Todd Shipbuilding, Houston, TX.
6,047 t.(fl) Length 325' Beam 48' Draft
19' Speed 11 kts.
Complement 36 Armament none Propulsion 1400 bhp Nordberg, 7 cyl diesel; Single screw
Final Disposition: disposed of by MARAD sale, 16 December 2006, to Teroaka Company of Japan
Delivered to the Maritime
Commission 12 September 1945; and operated under contract as a merchant
tanker into 1950.
Acquired by the Navy 14 August 1950, she was placed in service as USNS Nodaway (AOG–78) 11 September 1950.
Assigned to MSTS and manned by a Civil Service crew, Nodaway
departed New Orleans at the end of September 1950
on the first of many oil runs that were to take her from gulf coast ports, up along the Atlantic coast
as far as Newfoundland, and as far east as the Azores Islands through 1959.
Nodaway’s last shuttle run of carrying petroleum products
saw her depart New York City 17 April 1959.
After delivering goods to various Caribbean bases, she arrived at Mobile, Ala. 26 November, and
was delivered to the Maritime Administration there 11 December for temporary custody in full lay-up status.
In August 1965, in the early stages of the Vietnam
buildup, Nodaway came back into the MSTS fleet.
She immediately assumed clean petroleum product shuttle assignments in the South Vietnam area.
Since September 1968, into 1970, she has been working in and out of Japanese and Korean ports.